Heart@Andrews Awards

February 2018

Randy Lonto, instructor, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School


Darryl Penney, chief flight Instructor, Department of Aviation


Karen Benjamin, accreditation coordinator, Department of Graduate Psychology & Counseling


Viviana Insunza, assistant director, Student Financial Services



January 2018

Cassie Heslop, Transfer Enrollment Counselor, Office of Undergraduate Enrollment

Nominated for her warm heart that organized clearing student cars of a foot of snow—in addition to a daily cheerful, helpful approach to her work. 


Sam Villamizar, Learning Systems Administrator, DLit, School of Distance Education & International Partnerships

Nominated for his consistently patient, speedy, thorough and efficient work.  Sam makes things easy to understand and is patient with those lacking confidence in technology skills.


Kevin WooldridgeMaintenance Director for University Towers, Interim Athletics Director

Nominated for his love of serving others and passionate Christian witness.


Thomas Shepherd, Director of the PhD/ThD Program, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Nominated for his amazing support of his students, raising money so they can attend scholarly meetings, creates professional networking opportunities, is a compassionate listener through struggles, and even  encourages them in physical health by offering an early morning walk for all who would like to join him.




Terry Dodge, PC support specialist, ITS

Supervisor: Benjamin Regoso

Served in this position: 19½ years (20½ if you count the year I worked as a student/staff before that)

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
I believe God places us where he wants us to be and He has chosen Andrews University for me so far.  I also enjoy a sense of freedom and flexibility that would be hard to match anywhere else.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
I enjoy helping people and seeing their lives made easier in any way I can. I find satisfaction when someone has an "aha moment" from something I’ve shared or done. 


Carmelita Arthur, admissions coordinator, School of Health Professions

Supervisor: Emmanuel Rudatsikira

Served in this position: Since July 2017, administrative assistant on campus since 2010

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
I had a wonderful college experience; so being able to help others have that experience too gives me great joy. 

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
I love to see people happy and if I can do anything to make them happy I will, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem.


H Thomas Goodwin, professor and chair, Department of Biology

Served in this position: Chair for five years, faculty at Andrews for 23 years

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
As a Seventh-day Adventist institution that values both faith and learning, Andrews has provided a nurturing environment where I can bring my full identity, as an Adventist and a biologist, to my twin loves of scholarship and teaching. And I love working with our students, in all their diversity, as they develop their own identities as Christian learners and professionals.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
I’m grateful for the rich grace and wonderful opportunities provided to me in my life. Perhaps I can sometimes be a conduit for this grace and opportunity to others?


Emma Tenorio, housekeeping supervisor, Meier Hall

Supervisor: Spencer Carter

Served in this position: 23+ years

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
Andrews University's ministry is always about sharing the love of God.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
The motivation that I have is to learn and research God’s purpose and show His love to everybody, especially students. I am really blessed to be in this institution. Thank you very much for the opportunity to work in a good environment like Andrews.



Melissa Bolle, catering manager, Dining Services

Supervisor: Jonathan Mark Daniels

Served in this position: Since December 2016, an employee of Andrews University since August 2016

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
Knowing that I can touch someone somehow. Every experience we have in life can be seen as an opportunity to leave something wonderful with someone.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
My motivation is that in a cold world we can still be Christ-like. We can still smile even though things may not be okay (remember Job). We can still spread sunshine to others’ clouds. I am new to Seventh-day Adventism. God has a purpose for me here!


Willy Diaz, payroll assistant, Human Resources

Supervisor: Under the direct supervision of Jerod Wilson and overall management of Dan Agnetta of Human Resources

Served in this position: 12 years since being hired in November 2005

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
The elements of Christian atmosphere and ethnic diversity contribute to an immense pleasure in serving here at Andrews.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
I count it a privilege to be able to serve God in all the daily interactions with people who pass my way. Seeing people smile and satisfied with whatever service I render truly makes my day.


Judith Fisher, director, Counseling & Testing Center

Supervisor: Frances Faehner

Served in this position: 14 years, 16 years full-time at Andrews

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
I am inspired by the students who come to Andrews from near and from far to expand their world, acquire a greater understanding of life and meaningfully contribute to their world. I am inspired by their dreams, their resilience, their determination, their struggles, their hope, their need for support and their desire to achieve greatly.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
As I interact with each student, I am reminded that I am an ambassador of Christ, and as I share from my heart, I connect each student to the heart of Jesus.


Donnie Keele III, associate dean, Meier Hall

Supervisor: Spencer Carter (director/dean, Meier Hall), Jennifer Burrill (director of Residence Life), Frances Faehner (vice president for Campus & Student Life)

Served in this position: Five years, only full-time position with the University

What inspires you about working at Andrews University?
I am really inspired by the idea of Christian education—that it shares in the work of redemption and that it has the power to increase our ability to better understand who God is and what he has called us to do. Andrews is a place that exists to facilitate the discovery of big things like passion, purpose, values and skills. To have a role in the process and to see it happening where I work is a part of the inspiration that keeps me going.

What motivates you to share your heart@andrews?
I am motivated most by the people I work with every day. The Residence Life and Meier Hall staff are teams that allow me to be myself and pursue my ideas. The student deans and resident advisor staff are teams that engage with my influence and invite the best from me. Without their encouragement and support I would have a much harder time sharing my heart@andrews.



Lhorraine LondonPolite for her drive in creating and managing meaningful and successful events that show the Andrews heart

Aaron Moushon for his passionate engagement with all students, particularly Early College Experience and Explore Andrews

Evelyn Perez for her wisdom, gentleness and spiritual influence in the Department of Leadership

Allen Wellborn for his positive and proactive engagement in making the campus a better place for us all to live and work



Qaisar Ayez for consistently going the extra mile in student care in Student Financial Services

Frances Faehner for her proactive engagement in the needs of the students and campus

Desmond Murray for modelling the Andrews heart in the community

Glenda Patterson for ensuring students receive the best possible care and service in the Seminary